THE AEGEAN CENTER
FOR THE FINE ARTS
Semester & Full Year Study Abroad | Artist Retreats & Workshops
CELEBRATING OVER HALF A CENTURY OF EXCELLENCE IN PAROS, GREECE AND TUSCANY, ITALY
...the Aegean Center is above clichés, it is almost as if it is timeless and oblivious to the world around it. You will live slowly, you will feel more, want less. It is a restoration of the soul that allows you the time and space to tap into whichever creative outlet is awaiting. It is a gift that you will carry for the rest of your life. I cannot thank them enough and can only hope that they know how much they do, for it is nothing short of magic.
Since 1966 the Aegean Center has offered classically based art education in two compelling locations, over 50 years on the Greek island of Paros and 30 years in the Tuscan hills of Pistoia, Italy.
Our locations play an important part in the learning experience. The beauty of the landscape and authenticity of our host towns, the ease of eating well, the convenience of strolling between school and housing and the close access to nature all contribute to the opening of minds and eyes. Students slow their pace, reach deep into their inner life and are rewarded with major milestones on their artistic journey. They return home with a clearer understanding of their place in the arts, a better sense of what they want to achieve and a renewed commitment to creativity as well as an enhanced world view.
Education is undergoing a revolutionary change. The advent of social media, ubiquitous internet connections, hand held devices and video instruction have upended the traditional classroom. What remains evident, however, is small group interaction and one-to-one instruction continues to be very powerful and remains relevant now and unquestionably on into the future, more so than ever.
We are an independent academy, small by design, and have always kept these philosophies foremost in our teaching and program objectives. Our methods validate curiosity, leave standardization behind and invite creativity. We set students on paths of knowledge, wonder and discovery.
On our website and all our correspondence you will find a quote from ancient wisdom. It is from, Plato, and has become our established maxim and precept: "To marvel is the beginning of Knowledge, and when we cease to marvel we are in danger of ceasing to know."